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Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft

Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft
Your Price: $33.95 CDN
Biz Bestseller!
Author: Howard Fine with Chris Freeman
Foreword by: Michael Chiklis
Publisher: Howard Fine Studio
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 246
Pub. Date: 2023
Edition: Revised
ISBN-13: 9798988833505

About the Book:

Fine On Acting is a "class in a book" that provides a solid foundation in the useful and exciting acting technique taught at the renowned Howard Fine Acting Studio, located in the heart of Hollywood and its sister-Studio in Melbourne, Australia. In this revised edition, respected and world-renowned acting coach Howard Fine expands on his technique to meet the needs of today's working actor.

For over 30 years, Howard Fine has built an unshakable reputation as one of the most gifted acting teachers in the business. His career is rooted in New York, primarily at the American Music and Dramatic Academy, and his philosophy reflects that of his mentor and close colleague of the legendary actor and acting teacher Uta Hagen. They shared many professional courtesies, including having a close and complimentary understanding of technique.

His passion for coaching the best and brightest professional actors and actresses led in 1985 to his relocating to Hollywood, where his prominent reputation emerged. Howard Fine began his career in Los Angeles by privately coaching students in his living room, but in 1988 had to expand to accommodate his growing classes. He became an instant and enduring sensation, a "first call" for actors and their representatives, who know his direction can define careers. Howard Fine has personally coached hundreds of Hollywood's most notable, recognizable and decorated actors, including Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Austin Butler, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, Justin Timberlake, Lindsay Lohan, Salma Hayek, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Simon Baker, Rosanna Arquette, Amanda Bynes, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Connelly, Dwayne "fThe Rock"f Johnson, Michelle Williams, Val Kilmer, Sela Ward, Michael Chiklis, Jason Priestley, Kerry Washington, Amy Smart, Jared Leto, Wilmer Valderrama, Brooke Shields, Mark Harmon, Daryl Hannah, Rick Fox, Estella Warren, Christopher Meloni, Enrique Murciano, Garry Shandling, Alexa Vega, Heather Locklear, Geri Halliwell, Carla Gugino, James Belushi, Diana Ross, Jon Bon Jovi, and Josh Groban.

Heralded as "Best Acting Teacher in LA" by Back Stage magazine (in a strictly one-time-only award), Hollywood's most sought after acting teacher Howard Fine reveals the winning technique that has garnered his students international acclaim and the industry's highest honours in his revised book Fine On Acting.

As a lover of the craft, the art, and ultimately the powerful magic of acting, Howard Fine is one of the few elite acting experts who has devoted his primary career to perfecting the teaching and coaching of professional actors. His outstanding reputation is the product of his remarkable expertise uniquely coupled with his extraordinary gift to inspire. He all but explodes the myth of the screaming, bitter acting teacher that potential students fear.

Fine On Acting is a must-read for the aspiring and seasoned actor alike. In an ever-changing industry landscape, Fine's groundbreaking approach continues to make the craft accessible by covering the essentials: Common Mistakes, Auditions & Self-Tapes, Rehearsal Exercises, Script Analysis, Stage Acting vs. On-Camera Acting, and much more. In this book, you will find valuable advice for overcoming nerves, memorizing lines, troubleshooting challenging situations in rehearsal and role preparation, and how to become what Fine calls the "Total Actor". Fine uses his own compelling personal and family history to illustrate the techniques of Personalization and Emotional Recall, exemplifying the core of his training: the authentic use of your self. Fine also offers valuable advice for troubleshooting challenging situations, such as playing opposite a bad actor, nerves, memorizing lines, working with a bad director, and being emotionally blocked.

What people say:

"You've purchased this book because you either aspire to be an actor or want to be a better one. Either way you've made a wonderful decision. Howard Fine is a great teacher. His philosophy and approach to the craft of acting are the most helpful, encouraging and practically applicable I've ever encountered." — Michael Chiklis, Emmy Award-winning actor (The Shield, Fantastic Four)

"When I first met Howard he told me his job was to make the actor a self-sufficient artist. His great skill is the joy he takes in watching you discover, with the tools he provides, the essence of a character. He loves actors, he loves the process, and he is all about the work." — Chris Pine, actor (Star Trek)

"Howard Fine is an extremely skilled teacher. He has the ability to help actors create beyond their own experience in a way that is both exciting and compelling. Personally, I feel he is one of the greatest acting teachers working today." — Martin Campbell, director (Casino Royale)

"Within my 30 years of casting, I have viewed and worked with many actors. Howard Fine's technique is a contributing factor to those actors who consistently stand out." — Victoria Burrows, casting director (Lord of the Rings)

"Often teachers want to own an actor's process. Howard shines a light on yours so that you can fly freely on your own." — Carla Gugino, actor (The Watchman)

"Howard Fine has won respect within the film industry as an innovative teacher of acting skills ... With the assistance of co-author Chris Freeman, Howard Fine has distilled his insights and innovations as one of Hollywood's most successful acting coaches and teachers in Fine on Acting: A Vision of the Craft ... Fine On Acting is an essential manual for anyone aspiring to an acting career from local community theatre to big budget Hollywood extravaganzas, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway productions." — Midwest Book Review

About the Author:

Howard Fine is a renowned American acting teacher and the protege of the legendary Uta Hagen. The founder and artistic director of the Howard Fine Acting Studio, with permanent bases in Hollywood and Melbourne, Australia, he is recognized as one of the most sought-after coaches and well-known acting teachers alive today.